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party. president obama is therefore offering his original position, $250,000 and below. on spending cuts president obama proposed $1.2 trillion, about equal to what he was asking in revenue. boehner passed draconian spending cuts in the house with no revenue component. on extended unemployment insurance, another check for the president. nada for boehner. on the debt limit president obama proposed a structure similar to what republican leader mitch mcconnell proposed last year. boehner wants to hold the nation's full faith and credit hostage once again to attain even more spending cuts. president obama even threw in an added incentive for republicans, by agreeing to a change in the way social security increases are calculated. no such olive branch was ever extended by republicans. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, is john boehner's move to reconvene the house a face-saving political move or a genuine effort to reach a deal? text a for political. text b for genuine effort. to 622639. or go to our blog at.msnbc.com. i'll bring you the results later
out in the world though it is hard to find in washington these days. president obama spending holidays in beautiful hawaii where reports now surfaced where he is looking to strike a smaller fiscal deal that would extend tax cuts for the middle class but not tackling any spending cuts. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in honolulu with more. ed, for the first time, people like joe lieberman are saying i really think we'll go over the cliff. what do you hear? >> reporter: it's a real possibility, you're right. we're a week out. people on both sides have been talking this thing to death. it might need a christmas miracle at this point to avoid going off the cliff. the president scaled back plan basically would extend unemmoment benefits for two million people who will lose them a week after christmas if there is no deal. he also wants to extend tax cuts for 98% of americans. you heard him talk about that again and again. that level of $250,000 or less. the republicans have not afreed to that on the hill obviously. when you talk to folks like senator lindsey graham, they say
year end tax hikes and spending cuts as president obama warns failure could mean, quote, a self-inflicted wound to the economy. mike emmanuel live. after a lot of focus on john boehner, kind of sounds like democrats and others are counting on the top senate republican to get a deal. is that about right? mitch mcconnell? >> that is spot on. this has been a lot of talk about senator mitch mcconnell's ability to be a deal maker. one area he's working on is the threshold for extending the bush tax cuts. the $250,000 mark has been what democrats have been pitching. negotiations seem to be heading toward keeping the current tax rate for those making up to $400,000, a key senate conservative sounds hopeful. >> i do think that something will happen over the next few days relative to the revenue piece and hopefully we can rescue most americans from a tax increase. but what we haven't dealt with again is the spending component. >> since it is not expected that increasing the nation's borrowing ability, the debt limit will be part of this deal, conservatives may be able to fight for spendi
be spending them, soon. >> david, thank you. president obama cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to return to bash wash -- bash bash. -- washington he's going to work on a deal to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table. no word of negotiations sessions being scheduled, either. >> still ahead here at 5:00 a controversial battle that shut down a popular recycling center comes to an end. looming deadline for a 30-year-old institution. >> and a bed bug outbreak in the east bay. unique boot camp officials hope will use to squash a growing problem. >> a warning about hidden fees on gift cards that may whittle away the value. did you get one? want to see that report. the news continues in one minute. >>> a san francisco recycling center is scheduled to be closed this weekend. the neighborhood counsel's recycling center has been fighting falls for city hall to be shut down since 1996. the city says this operation has been attracting the hom
on the table is he close to a trillion dollars he is simply saying i want a trillion dollars in spending as well. president obama is he close to the same number they are about $300 billion apart. they are 1 hers apart from this whole deal. the problem is they are not putting spending cuts on the table. what they're doing is putting proposed possible cuts but the stimulus spending they are putting on the table also offsets that tax increase that he wants. still looking at trillion-dollar deficit. that just goes to show spending cuts. right now we don't have them. talks about them and there is accounting fuzzy math going on but there is not any serious entitlement reform. we can't just wait and talk about that in january. needs to be included in any package before we go forward. >> you know, juan, the point she is making when we talk about spending cuts. basically a guy pulling the olives off a meat lover's pizza and saying he is on a diet. something so incidental and ignoring this huge huge problem this black hole that is spending. it's true. we are going nowhere. >> no, i disagree. you k
lawmakers are still working out the automatic spending cuts. president obama weighs in saying middle class families can not get caught in the middle. >> the last thing folks like the folks up here on this stage can afford right now is to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year. middle-class families can not afford it, businesses cannot afford it, our economy can not afford it. >>trace: traders on wall street are watching the president's comments. the chance of going over the cliff may not look great but the dow is up for the time being. we have fox coverage with wendell at the white house. but, first, mike is live on capitol hill. the senate leader is the -- actually, the minority leader, what is he telling colleagues? >>reporter: he said they are very, very close. he would like to take action to avoid having americans suffer a huge tax increase in a matter of ten hours. there are a lot of anxious senators walking around wondering if or when they will get a chance to vote on something. at 1:19 senator mcconnell sent this e-mail to the colleagues and i quote, "the tax piece is complete and d
? ♪ ♪ na na na na na na na na ♪ and everybody go uh! >>> we told you last hour president obama is spending his last few hours in hawaii before returng early to washington. he's expected to arrive tomorrow, just five days ahead of the fiscal cliff, which includes an across the board tax hike that congress has tried but failed to undo. cnn's dana bash is with us from washington, our senior congressional correspondent. we spoke last hour. you told us that hour speaker john boehner was to convene this conference call to decide whether or not to call the house back into session. we know the senate is supposed to convene, but nothing can, of course, take place until the house is in session as well. do we know the results of that conference call? will boehner reconvene the house? >> reporter: i'm told by a source familiar with the call, which just happened within last hour, as you said, that no decision was made on the schedule or timing for the house. as we talked about an hour ago, the leaders in the house have promised the members that they won't be called back without 48 hours notice. so at t
: top congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st. the president called the meeting constructive, but reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where in just four days every americans' tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >>reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're going to do the best we can for the congresses we have and for the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >>reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases, but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done, but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reac
sell for republicans who say the country has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. president obama is hoping the midnight deadline puts pressure on them. >> date appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's not done. there are still issues left to resolve. but we are hopeful that congress can get it done. but it's not done. so part of the reason that it wanted to speak to all of you today is to make sure that we emphasize to congress that members of both parties understand that all across america this is a pressing concern on people's minds. >> reporter: conventional wisdom is there may not be any great harm going a few days into the new year without an agreement as long as the markets don't tank. arthel: a couple key developments in the last 10 minute including reports there are no spending cuts in this deal. wendall just touched on that. the president saying any future debt deals will have to include more tax increases. guy, what do you make of the president's remarks? >> i'm trying to figure out what the point was. i know the president
, the vatican. >>> president obama is in hawaii for christmas. the president is expected to spend a quiet day with his family. with the president and congress on a short holiday break, there's been no movement on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the nato base in kabul, sang some carols, then enjoyed a holiday dinner. >>> and coming up on the "morning news," he may be messy funny, jack klugman from "the odd couple "has died. a look back at his remarkable career. [ female announcer ] introducing u the latest coffee machine from nespresso. modular. intuitive. combines espresso and fresh milk. the new u. nespresso. what else? available at these fine retailers. >>> firefighters in california battled a raging river yesterday to rescue a homeless man. he was living on an island in the los angeles river and got into trouble after a fast-moving storm tore through the area. rescue
's just simply saying i want a trillion dollars in spending cuts as with he will. president obama, he's close to the same number. they're about, you know, $300 billion apart. they're about 1% apart in this whole deal, so i don't think it's fair to just attack the democrats somehow as wanting to go over the cliff. >> well, the problem is, they're not really putting any spending cuts on the table. what they are doing, they're putting some proposed possible cuts, but the stimulus spending they're putting on the table also offsets that. and just for argument's sake, let's say we give the president every single tax increase that he wants. we're still looking at a trillion-dollar deficit, so that just goes to show we have to have some serious entitlement reform and spending cuts in this and right now we don't have them. there are talks about them and there are some accounting fuzzy math going on, but there's not any serious entitlement reform and we can't just kuwait and talk about that -- wait and talk about that in january. it needs to be included in any package before we go forward. >> j
and that is not a concern. president obama is there spending time with his family for the holiday and yesterday he went golfing before heading to the beach with the first lady and their daughters. aides say the president will have to return to washington in a day or two to deal with you know what the fiscal crisis. chief house correspondented spayeed henry is in hawaii with the president. i assume if there were any conversations between the president and the speaker we would be advised. >> they say there have not been any more calls, no contact between the high school and the speaker. that is a sign that there's been no major progress. they say that the lines of communication are still open between the president's staff, the peaker's staff. also now the circle is widening a little bit and it's including senate staff, because given what happened late last week where speaker boehner's so-called plan b fail in the house there is now momentum to try and get something going in the senate right after christmas and maybe possible something there, some sort of a stop-gap measure, hope they can pass it in the h
to avoid middle-class tax hikes and deep spending cuts that go into effect at the first of the new year. president obama is pushing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to reach an agreement. >>> and help may be on the way for victims of hurricane sandy. the senate approved a spending bill worth $60 billion. the measure heads to the house where some lawmakers are hesitating to approve the bill in the final days of the current session. >>> and in maine, the first same-sex couples are legally exchanging vows today. the new law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect at midnight, 12:01 a.m. today. some ceremonies were held overnight. same-sex marriage became legal in maryland on tuesday. become legal on tuesday. >>> and finally, talk about living on the edge. in massachusetts, several homes on plum island are in danger of plunging into the atlantic ocean. thursday's storms and pounding waves are threatening their foundations. two homes are so unstable the homeowners can't get inside to retrieve their belongings. >>> now, time to ginger and the weather. >> pittsburgh, getting more sno
cliff. if there's no deal, taxes will go up and spending will be slashed. some warn that combination could spark another recession. with no deal in sight, president obama left hawaii and returned to the white house. his team disputed reports that the president is sending lawmakers a scaled- down plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff." the u-s senate is back in session. democratic leader harry reid. took aim at the house of represenatives for not ending its vacation early. >> i can't imagine their conscious. they're out wherever they are around the country and we're here trying to get something done. >> late thursday.the house decided it will return to washington on sunday evening. a spokesperson for house speaker john boehner responded that reid should "talk less and legislate more." the biggest divide continues to be taxes. democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making 250- thousand dollars or more a year. many republicans remain against any tax increases. >> rep. steven latourette (ohio): nobody is willing to pull the trigger. everybody wants t
leaders left the white house after a last-ditch fiscal cliff meeting with president obama. the closed-door meeting was an attempt to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to king at the start of the new year. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senator reid and senator mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we could get a bipartisan bill out. >> reporter: at the present time reminded lawmakers thers
almost run out. with steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts looming, president obama used the power of his office to turn up the pressure on congress, making a quickly arranged appearance in the white house briefing room friday. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. >> reporter: the president repeatedly tapping into the public's frustration to bolster his argument. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound. ordinary folks, they too their jobs. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind-boggling to them and needs to stop. >> reporter: the stern words came on the heels of an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders. sources close to the talks say mr. obama gave lawmakers two options. either come up with a bill that can pass both houses or allow a vote on his plan which among other things would extend unemployment benefits and tax breaks for those making $250,000 or less while allowing rates to raise on wealthier americans. som
downpayment. >>> number two. >> cnn projects that barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> the election. more than just about obama and romney. it was about socialism and capitalism. about spending and cutting. about what kind of role government should have in your life. >>> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming, but didn't bother to pay any attention to it until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. >>> next, scandal. can you guess who made our list because of bad behavior? new prilosec otc wildberry is the same frequent heartburn treatment as prilosec otc. now with a fancy coating that gives you a burst of wildberry flavor. now why make a flavored heartburn pill? because this is america. and we don't just make things you want, we make things you didn't even know you wanted. like a spoon fork. spray cheese. and jeans made out of sweatpants. so grab yourself some new prilosec otc wildberry. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heart
- minute talks to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts that are set to go into effect next week. they and president obama still hope a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" can be reached. but democrats and republicans are stil at odds over tax hikes on the wealthy. a woman makes a 9-1-1 for call for help that ends in a deadly confrontation between an armed man and walnut creek police. the officer involved shooting took place on the 1400 block of creekside drive just after 3am thursday morning.no officers were injured. the man who was shot by officers died at the scene. he has been identified as 22-year-old anthony banta jr. the incident has rattled residents in the area. >> i have been here for three years. i thought that walnut creek was one of the safest places to be. i thought that could could have never happened. >> unbelievable. >> scary. >> right on the road from where i live. >> just a couple of doors down. >> if it could happen anywhere. >> everybody is shaken up and a state of shock they thought that it could not happen here. >> i walked out and saw the police tape and i th
on entitlement reform on spending cuts. >> well, that's right. president obama believed and the democrats believe they have a mandate after the election. now, a mandate, you know, depends what you call a mandate. the election was not really close, but it wasn't also a grand slam for the democrats either. so there's a real difference in who -- what the mandate is here. and democrats don't feel they need to compromise. i think they think if we go over the fiscal cliff, they will have even stronger negotiating power. that remains to be seen because oftentimes when taxes go up and there is something that hits the economy really hard and puts it into a tailspin, it's the president who takes the blame. so i think even the president is wondering who's going to foot the blame for this one. but at this point i think the democrats feel they have the upper hand at this moment. if they hold tight, they will force the republicans to capitulate. i don't see that happening. i think both sides are really going to have to give in before we get a final deal. jon: so we'll have to see, you know, which side wins the
before congressional committees on the attack in libya. >> j president obama will meet with leaders from capitol hill today, hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff, combination of spending cuts and tax hikes with will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal before the end of the year. will meet with congressional white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. jive to be very honest mr. president, -- >> i have to be very honest mr. president, i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid]vtkÑ lashed ot at speaker boehner accusing him of running a tar forship. >> john boehner seems to -- >> reporter: republican leaders blame democrats for the standoff and say there are limits to a compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehne
as long as they had a hefty down payment. >> number two. >> cnn projects that barack obama will be reelected president of the united states. >> the election. more than just about obama and romney, it was about socialism and capitalism and spending and cutting and what kind of role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming and didn't bother to pay any attention to it until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. >> and make sure you join me for the biggest stories of the year in crime, politic, money and the most scandalous stories. the top ten of 2012, 8:00 eastern. a teen battling a terminal illness uses lyrics instead of letters to say goodbyes. >> it's kind of me always being there for him. like if they keep singing that song throughout their life, it will be worth it. >> this teen's final wish, next. s that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campb
of one or two people, multiply that by tens of thousands small businesses you'll see the consumer spend less. gregg: congress can handle it individually because the president signed an executive order giving them all pay raises. >> it's true. gregg: unbelievable. heather. heather: coming up president obama facing another key test as he approaches the start of his second term. the ongoing battle now turning to america's ports, as a strike deadline fast approaches. doug mcelway live from washington. doug, the complaints of longshoreman whose strike was temporarily averted last week is kind of a symbol of what is threatening unions all across the nation, right? >> it really is heather, the longshoreman have been threatened by automation. it takes one longshoreman to do a job in the early 1960s it took three men to do. as automation has increased the longshoreman's union demanded their job security be plea served. the shipping industry worked out a deal where longshoreman would be paid a fee based on the weight of every container this a ship carries. but the industry finds it prohibitive le
the nation. he was a good friend of mine. i will miss him. >>> bush is spending the night in the hospital. the 41st president has been in the hospital for more than a month with bronchitis. >>> president obama summoned congressional leaders to come to the white house tomorrow in a last ditch effort to try to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. the president arrived in washington today cutting short his hawaii vacation. he called congressional leaders last night and today house speaker john boehner said the house will convene on sunday leaving less than 48 hours to come up with a deal. >> it's the count down to midnight. the start of a new year. but this year president, the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going a good drop. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> off the senate floor, mitch mcconnell appears to be more flexible. the senator sent an e-mail suggesting he's negotiating an acceptable deal with the white house. >>> stocks rebounded today o
cliff" -- a series of tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect in six days. and there still seems to be no signs of compromise between congress president obama is cutting his holiday vacation in hawaii short. and will return to washington tomorrow. house and senate members are expected to reconvene tomorrow as well. without a budget agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >> in national news. dallas cowboys nose tackle josh brent has been formally indicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter. for the crash that killed a teammate. brent was arrested earlier this month after police say he flipped his car while speeding though a neighborhood in suburban dallas. brent survived the crash. but his friend and teammate. practice squad member jerry brown. died at a hospital. intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. no court dates have been set. >> right now parts of the country are dealing with the aftermath of a severe storm system that is
obama to discuss ways to avoid the hundreds of billions of dollars worth of tax increases and spending cuts that hit in just four days. the meeting broke up about 45 minutes ago. cnn radio capitol hill correspondent lisa awaited the leaders' arrival. lisa, let's talk about what we can look for out of this meeting. is there any chance at all to get a deal before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st. >>. >> reporter: right. i think the key player is mitch mcconnell to watch. we're getting potentially more information about what is happening next. our capitol hill producer deidre walsh was there when some of the leaders returned and she spoke with nancy pelosi who said this meeting was constructive and candid. here's what is especially interesting. nancy pelosi told reporters that the president led a meeting that ended with senators reid and mcconnell trying to work something out between the two of them. now it seems like we've gone from a process that was president obama and speaker boehner and then today to five leaders back to two. and those two, for the moment, seem to be senator re
to the white house this afternoon to meet there with president obama. lawmakers are increasingly looking at the period following the december 31st deadline we're told to come up with a fix to avoid massive tax hikes and spending cuts, affect lives of nearly every american many economists say could plunge the economy into another recession. chief white house correspondent ed henry live with the latest. so in this meeting, ed, is there any hope they will accomplish anything? >> reporter: well it is pretty low expectations, jon. what we're expecting when you talk to top officials of both parties the president will offer a scaled back plan, something he laid out lines friday before christmas here in the white house briefing room before he went to hawaii. where he said look, we have to scale back expectations. basically just extend middle class tax cuts. don't worry about the rates for everyone else. secondly extend unememployment insurance for about two million people who will be losing it a few days from now at the end of the year. finally he refer to possibility of smaller bit ever spendin
might have won this election but he didn't win the authority to write a blank check to continue to spend and spend and spend, to hit the debt ceiling and then go blowing through it. there may not be much conversation in washington between speaker boehner and president obama but the democrats control two third of this government. they might think about having a conversation among themselves, the senate and the president, to bring something that might have a chance of resolving these problems and maybe, they better think more about cutting spending before coming to us for more money. gregg: you know what, doug? karl rove wrote an op-ed in "the wall street journal" which he basically says, the president think it is all about him. the more mr. obama makes everything about him, the more stubborn he is likely to be when flexibility would be better. success requires adjustments, including a greater willingness to compromise and seek common ground with his opposition. fair point? >> oh, i think it is a fair point. i think it is a fair point on both sides. we had a framework that did what terry d
. president obama has nominated john kerry to be her replacement. >> marlie hall in new york this morning. >>> also today is the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. hope of reaching a wide-ranging deal in automatic spending increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000 while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop.
without that kind of a team put together. so, you know, it's not like you get an advance and then go spend it all on vacation. a lot of it goes into the work of making the book. >> the family connections, the obama family connections, as a passive observer, my head is spinning. i don't know who is who. >> okay. that's going to be a challenge for me, to come in this book, for a couple of reasons. one, it's a fairly complicated family web. and the second reason, which is unavoidable is that kenyan names read by readers in the united states can sound, you know, different and harder to remember who is who, et cetera. so i have to be able to deal with that, ma and that's a challenge for any writer. i get some ways i done in the past. you know, essentially what's important to me is not quoting somebody. when you write a long narrative, you're not putting together a string of quotes, this person said this and this person said that. you're building a narrative story. so i would take elements from each of the people that i interviewed and weave it into the story that i tell. so some of them will ap
will be spending the new year in a hospital. doctors discovered a blood clot after suffering from a concussion earlier this month. just released gallup poll, most admired woman. president obama is the most admired man. >>> congress will spend part of the new year in session, trying to come up with a deal that will prevent the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. >>> the american academy of pediatrics has released a new statement encouraging elementary schools to let kids have their play time. recess gives children the opportunity to develop skills that can't be taught in the classroom, that it should not serve as a substitute for phys. ed. class. fond farewell 75 watt incandescent light bulb. under law, they can no longer be produced or imported as of january 1st though retailers can clear their remaining stocks. government will turn out the lights on traditional 60 and 40-watt bulbs in 2014. >>> it's what everyone is talking about, i think. reality tv star kim kardashian and rapper kanye west are expecting their first child. west made the announcement last night at a concert in atlantic c
-stakes meeting at the white house between president obama and congressional leaders on the fiscal crisis. the talks are a last-ditch effort to avoid spending cuts and tax hikes from 90% of american households. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill where all the action is taking place. is there a lot of action? there is a lot of buzz on capitol hill. mitch mcconnell, who will be attending a white house meeting told us a few moments ago that we are always the running out of time. chairman max baucus, the democrat says that he thinks this will fiscal cliff matter comes down as one white house meeting two hours from now. another top senate republican said a short time ago that he was calling on president obama to lead. >> the president is not a senator anymore. he's a president. just as president reagan worked to deal with tip o'neill and bill clinton and president eisenhower, we need leadership on not just taxing rich people, but we contact them and it wouldn't help the medicare fiscal cliff. greg: others are skeptical, noting that high-profile meetings are for show often times and all about
. and a mad scramble is on here in washington to avoid the drastic tax hikes and spending cuts that many fear will plunge the economy back into recession. president obama flies back from hawaii tonight to be ready if the senate comes back with a plan when it returns to work tomorrow. and house leaders are huddling with members on stand-by to return. senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following all of it for us. what are you hearing? >> there was a conference call of course members of the house leadership even, they're back in their districts, but there was a conference call today among those house republican leaders trying to figure out if and when the house should come back into session. two republican sources tell me they did not make a decision on this call. it's still up in the air. and a big reason for that is if anything can get done in the next six days, the ball is in the senate's court. the capitol is a ghost town. neither chamber in session. an eerie calm since the fiscal cliff only congress has the power to avert is less than one week away. from their home, senate demo
, this is the kron 4 news. >> catherine: just 4 days to go. president obama stated the obvious earlier today. saying the hour for immediate action is here" to avoid the fiscal cliff. if there's no deal by midnight december 31st. there will be automatic tax increases and spending cuts. we'll have more from our political analyst in a minute - but first. kron 4's justine waldman is back with more on our developing story. >> reporter: after meeting with bi-partisan leaders friday, the president said no one will get 100-percent of what they want. he said if congress can't reach a deal. congress should allow a vote on a basic package that would preserve tax cuts for middle-class americans, >> i am optimistic that we can still pass a deal in both houses in time, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid are working on an agreement as we speak >> i have my confidence destroyed on other occasions and so i hope it is not on this occasion the timing, we have to do it now that is what the next 24 hours will be very important. >> we had a good meeting in the white house we are engaged in discussions with the majority, the
to be missed. >>> in other news, with just four days to go, president obama and the top lawmakers meet today at the white house on the fiscal cliff. any compromise is expected to include an extension of the middle class tax cuts with increased rates at upper incomes. spending cuts could also be canceled. ahead of those talks, plenty of blame is being spread around already. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> hopefully there's time for an agreement of some kind. >> speaker john boehner called the house back into session for a highly unusual sunday evening session just in case. >>> an unexpected consequence of the fiscal cliff stalemate could mean sticker shock at your grocery store. milk prices could soon spike to $8 a gallon. wow. congress has been so bogged down with the fiscal cliff, the farm bill is still on the table. if congress does not pass it, dairy subsidies would immediately end on january 1, and those subsidies have been keeping milk prices low for 63 years. >>> the price of curbside parking in chic
michelle obama and their daughters will remain in hawaii. house and senate members are expected to reconvene thursday. without a budget agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >> vicki: starbucks will publicly take a stand on the looming fiscal cliff. c-e-o howard schultz is asking workers at its 120 d-c-area stores to write "come together" on the coffee cups they serve on thursday and friday. he says it's a way to quote: "send our elected officials a respectful but potent message, urging them to come together to find common ground." both sides are due back by thursday and have vowed to make a final attempt. starbucks notes workers are not required to write the message on cups. >> 49ers sunday at candlestick with a chance to clinch the division title kron four's jason appelbaum joins me now with more. .jason the team's a little banged up right? >> manning's am >> vernon davis, manning >> . >> and justin smith at this kind of the big one, butthe injuries shouldn't be a
in debt, and basically wants to save a trillion dollars over ten years when he's spending a trillion dollars of money we don't have a year. gregg: you know what, dick? president obama campaigned on the idea of 800 billion in new revenue, and when he won re-election, he suddenly said i'm going to double it. i'm demanding now $1.6 trillion in new revenue. i mean, how do you negotiate with a guy who keeps changing his proposal? >> well, what's interesting is that speaker boehner would have, his proposal would have generated $800 billion in new revenue, and he couldn't get republicans of his own party to go along with it. you've got to pass something to begin a process of the give and take. and -- gregg: dick, you're dodging my question. >> that's democrats' problem, they've got to pass a bill. gregg: he said i want 800 billion in new revenue, and the immediately after the election boehner goes to him and says here it is, and he said, no, no, no, now i want 1.6 trillion. come on, dick. >> well, i mean, i think it's important to understand that this president won a huge victory based on r
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